PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 29, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling program’s 2013 recruiting class is ranked No. 13 in the country according to InterMat’s rankings released on Tuesday. The class consists of 11 wrestlers, including two grapplers with multiple state titles and eight members that have placed in a state tournament at least once.
The class is led by 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) and 141/149-pounder Tyson Dippery (Central Dauphin, Pa.), ranked No. 7 and No. 44 respectively on InterMat’s Top 100 recruits list. The list also consists of the No. 11 126-pounder in the country, Corey Stasenko (South Plainfield, N.J.).
Also joining the Scarlet Knights are 184-pounder Garrett Conner (Centerville, Ohio), 157-pounder Nick Gravina (Northern Highlands, N.J.), 184-pounder Taylor Jackson (The Villages, Fla.), 141-pounder Greg McCrystal (Edison, N.J.), 197-pounder Anthony Messner (Franklin Township, N.J.), 125-pounder Joshua Patrick (Ligonier Valley, Pa.), 157-pounder Dylan Painton (South Plainfield, N.J.) and 141/149-pounder Mike Underwood (Cary, Ill.).
Ashnault became the first-ever undefeated (170-0) four-time state champion in New Jersey in 2013.
Jackson is a three-time Florida state champion, notching his third-straight in 2013 at 182 pounds. Messner (195) and Stasenko (126) each finished as runner-ups in the NJSIAA State Championships, while Dippery (138) took second in the PIAA State Championships as a senior.
Painton (152) was a fourth-place finisher at the 2013 NJSIAA state tournament, while Gravina (152) and Patrick (120) each took fifth place in their respective states. Conner (Illinois) and Underwood (Ohio) have each qualified for a state tournament in their careers.
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